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Workplace safety a focus for women

New Mount Barker Chapter Convenor Demi Thorpe and network founder Carolyn Jeffrey finalise the paperwork before announcing Demi’s appointment to the position

Work health and safety was the focus for the latest Women in Business Regional Network dinner at Mount Barker.

The guest speaker was Adelaide Hills OH&S consultant and auditor Anna Beaumont of Beaumont Solutions.

Anna took the women through some simple tips to make workplace health and safety less onerous.

She outlined four key steps to good workplace safety – identifying, assessing and controlling risks, as well as training staff.

Anna challenged the group to think about their motivations for having a safe work environment, as well as outlining a number of recent cases, including significant fines for business owners.

Also in attendance was Rachel Leonow from the network’s partner nbn™ Local who outlined some new initiatives to assist small business, including the release of a digital capability tool which gave business owners and others access to resources to assist them with making the most of online opportunities.

The dinner at the Barker Hotel was also an introduction for new Mount Barker Chapter Convenor Demelza Thorpe of Powdermonkey Design.

Demi, as she is better known, is a graphic designer based in Mount Barker and has been given the role to organise and run future events in Mount Barker.  She is one of the first Chapter Convenors for the network.  Others have been appointed at Port Pirie and Clare.

The next Mount Barker event is a dinner on Monday, May 24 when Yorke Peninsula member Deb Purvis from Robinson Sewell Purvis will be speaking about business finance, including tips on how to secure finance for your business.

Denise Christou, Belle Baker, Georgia Weston, Rhee Driver, Demelza Thorpe, Rachel Leonow, Sonya Lorenz, Anna Beaumont with, seated, Sophie Bungey, Natalie Warner, Leanne Juers, Lisa Wells and Paula Dickson at the Women in Business Regional Network dinner